Partially inspired by PunkRockPaint Enterprises LLC, and partially bummed that these cards do not exist, I have decided to try to create White Sox cards that never were.
Harold Baines was the number one overall pick of the 1977 draft. He played 141 games in his 1980 rookie year. He was scouted by Bill Veeck when he was 12! He tore through the minor leagues and was destined to be on the team in 1980.
Yet despite all these things, Harold Baines does not have a card in the 1980 Topps set. I suppose if Topps bothered to put out a traded set in 1980, Harold probably would have been in it. But history shows that they did not.
First of all, I scavenged the net for an image of Harold in the collared uniform that was not widely used on a card. Luckily, I found an image of a photo on eBay and that did the trick. I scanned in a 1980 card of Ralph Garr (since he played in the outfield too) and edited him out of the card. Sorry about that, Roadrunner!
I scanned in one of my Harold Baines autographs, cut out everything except the autograph and slapped it on. Since the 1980 Topps set has a facsimile autograph on the front, I knew that this fake card had to have one as well.
A quick font and color check to change the name... and there you have it. Topps couldn't have done a better job! Now we have an image of what should have been Harold's true rookie card!